In late August I took delivery of a Salsa Casseroll in the single speed variety. Since then the bike has been my (almost) daily ride. It has caused me to get rid of my car and be a true car-free commuter and cyclist. There have been transformations of the bike which have been documented well.
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For the past couple months I have been riding the 2011 Salsa Casseroll on the road, on side streets, commuting, off the beaten path and really it has been the bike strapped to the roof of my car while traveling all over NC, SC and TN. I will be sad when I have to send this bike back as it truly is the Cadillac of road bikes (minus the drivetrain.) You can read the preview over yonder before you dive into my full review.
Getting lost on a road with two full water bottles and the knowledge of a well packed bag sitting behind you is bliss.
I’ve done tons of posts elsewhere in the web about the Salsa Casseroll. It could be one of the most universal bikes I have ever purchased (besides the Surly Karate Monkey.) Geared, internally geared, single, drop bars, flat bars, rear rack, no rack, chainguard, mud flaps, and the list of what this bike frame can do is endless.
We recently received the Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light and it quickly was installed on the rear of my Salsa Casseroll. Our initial spin around the block gave the impression that this rectangle of a light is bright, and the reflector works wonderfully. Something I didn’t realize I was missing in a light.
A set of wheels are in for review and in the midst of getting installed on the famous Salsa Casseroll. Utilizing a Shimano Alfine groupset I have been piecing together in the past 6 months, and the new Velocity Dyad Halo reflective rims.
The wheels and review are also based all around the Shimano Alfine groupset, as I’ve been interested in internally geared hubs (IGH) since trying the Civia Loring with SRAM i-Motion. Combine the IGH and a Dynamo front hub for a motion powered front light.
Recently, a 2011 Salsa Casseroll showed up for review. With this comes a cute little blue front rack that needs a rack top bag. I don’t know much about this style of bags so this will be post to keep things sorted as I learn more about availability, features and pricing. Most likely will keep updating it as I find more, please comment if you have something!
Non-Custom Front Rack Top Bags
Made to fit on a Nitto front rack…the angle of the rear of the bag matches the angle of the upright tab on the rack. Same, consistently high level of construction as all Zimbale bags. Leather used for trim, zipper pulls and attachment straps is very soft and supple. Nice size for the commuter or randonneur.
I believe this requires a specific Ractime front rack, but very nifty clip on/off design. It comes in several colors!
This is designed to be a rear rack but believe it could fit some larger of the front racks.
Berthoud makes this elegant frontbag of fine heavy cotton and top grade leathers. The outside pockets have leather strap-and-buckle closure. The catch? $327
To be honest, I’ve never walked into a review for a product so excited, yet so worried about the outcome. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll feel about a product – sometimes my decision or opinion will be swayed one way or another based on product durability or features. The Burley Travoy is a unique trailer system, that would either completely sell me on trailers for daily use or leave me hoping for more.
Have a few bike builds on tap right now since traveling and demoing bikes is part of my day job, along with trying to enjoy cycling as much as possible.
Surly Karate Monkey with Internally Geared Hub
I’m going to be trying out a Shimano Alfine rear 8-speed hub on a 29er mountain bike, that will be mountain biked hard. Everything is built, just need a rear 160mm centerlock disc rotor for the back wheel. Can’t really mountain bike with only a front brake! (This is an 18″ and on my older Karate Monkey frame)
Surly Karate Monkey Single Speed
16″ Karate Monkey should be delivered tomorrow that I’ll be putting a RockShox Reba RL on the front. Trying to convert more and more women to 29ers and hopefully single speeds!
Surly Pugsley Fat Bike
You’ve seen the pictures. 18″ Fat bike that I’m lending to shops in the area to get folks interested and going ga-ga over.
Dropped off the parts this morning for my goto mechanic (when I don’t have time) to build up a medium Orion with Shimano Ultegra and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels.
My goto mountain bike right now, short travel, big wheels, and orange!
Another fatbike that is living currently in SC to help take over the dirt road centuries!
Salsa El Mariachi
You’ve seen the photos of the Mariachi’s. Dominate with the alternator drop out. Single speed, geared – it don’t matter – just do it.